Staycation Travel: The Gallivant Times Square

As Brooklynites, we love to look for a great hotel deal in Manhattan and spend the weekend in the big city whenever we can. There is a wanderlust in all of us and many times you don’t have to hop on a flight to satisfy the urge to travel.  We love taking advantage of all that NYC has to offer and wander about in our own backyard. If you are saving, strapped for cash or just have a new life, possibly with children, and the airport (with delays and connecting flights) is no longer appealing then look into a staycation.

Our Weekend at The Gallivant

  1. Your view as you enter the hotel’s lobby. It’s fresh and modern with a great, comfortable interior. Friday, Check-In.


The message in the elevator says it all. Go discover!
There is a great little coffee and computer nook in the rear of the lobby.

2) The Room. It is small, like most NYC hotel rooms, buy cozy. The bed is the focal point of the room and you have plenty of photo op opportunities with this great white headboard.


The purple chair, gold table and printed (with NYC sights) wallpaper adds great color and a modern feel.
I always check the coffee area because I need coffee in the mornings. It’s my essential. I’ve never had Wolfgang Puck coffee before and it did not disappoint.
The bathroom had great marble and glass details.


The shea butter soap lathered soft and creamy.

3) Saturday.

Shower and then braids. She has to be sick of the same two cornrows that I do every day. I told her that it’s her signature look. Lol.
The subway is easily accessible when you are in the city and it’s the most efficient way to get around. We took the subway from Times Square to downtown, Essex Street to soak up some sights.
We got the chance to catch the last weekend of the underground park that I’ve been wanting to see. Artificial sunlight is used to grow exotic plants underground. I’m here for it.
Next up, lunch at San Loco. Great Tex-Mex food.
The look of sheer exhaustion. We went back to the room after our trek downtown and then took Angelique back downtown again for a friend’s birthday. We hopped on the bus because it took our straight to our hotel’s door. There was only one other passenger with us on the bus. Thanks MTA!  It was a great ride.

4) Sunday

“You came in with the breeze, on Sunday morning.” (Gwen Stephanie). How I spent Sunday morning before checkout. It was the perfect time to unwind with the paper.


Angelique dug into a book that she picked up at the Scholastic office in Soho. The bookstore has been closed for some time now but you can pick up free books in their lobby if they have them available.

Twitter: @Gallivantnyc

You cannot beat this view!


The blk/wht images by: John Ricard

There’s Nothing Colonial About The Martha Washington Hotel.

What’s a girl to do on a Saturday night in NYC during a staycation? Walk around this great city of course and then rest your head at a great boutique hotel. Tis All.A blind booking on Expedia brought us to a great (not so little but not so big) hotel right off Madison Avenue in New York City. Martha Washington Hotel in Chelsea is a chic, minimal yet on trend spot right in the heart of NYC. It’s a quick walk from the ever busy KoreaTown and Herald square. The restaurant and bar at Martha Washington makes you not want to leave the property. There are droves of young, hip New Yorkers with just the right mix of those doing business on their IMacs and a sprinkling of NYC visitors.

Lets take a peek at some of the things that I loved about the Martha Washington Hotel: 

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While in the city, I took the bus uptown from 29th and Madison to 42nd street and Madison. While at 42nd street, it is only fit to stroll through Bryant Park. Bryant Park is currently a Winter wonderland.

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Where do you staycation?